So while the Globe and local TV is telling us what happened in races they hardly covered I found some interesting tidbits as the evening progressed:
The Globe and Scott Lehigh tell me Coakley underperformed yet she got twice the number of votes that Baker got in his primary. And she defeated an incumbent statewide, well-funded candidate while doing so.
Congrats to Maura Healey, her team and her supporters on running a tremendous race. Anyone who fails to be impressed by Ms. Healey doesn’t understand politics or elections.
And unmentioned by the “media experts” was Maura Healey’s strong endorsement and pledge to work for Martha Coakley during her victory speech. Ms. Healey is the rising star and her actively campaigning for Nominee Coakley should well provide the spark that some say Coakley lacks.
I noted, without comment, that not only incumbent statewide candidates Coakley and Grossman bested Dr. Berwick in total votes but so did Treasurer Nominee Deb Goldberg and second place finisher Barry Finegold and third place finisher Tom Conroy, and so did first time candidates Maura Healey, Steve Kerrigan and Leland Cheung. The LG and Treasurer’s races were 3 candidates contests just as the Governor’s primary was. Conroy, Kerrigan and Cheung all did so with campaign warchests far below Berwick’s.
The Mass AFL-CIO, coming off the sucessful Marty Walsh Mayoral campaign and a very good Legislative session, had a very poor showing in high profile races where they endorsed (Tolman and Tierney)and they missed the boat entirely by failing to endorse Deb Goldberg in the Treasurer’s race. Goldberg came up 1 vote short of 2/3 at their August meeting.
Treasurer Grossman gave a great concession speech (a little too long but that has been his style for years) and made a point of urging party unity and electing Martha Coakley.
Two openly gay candidates won statewide primaries and that fact was barely – if at – mentioned. That is either a sign of how far we have come or really poor analysis by talking heads.
It was “Ladies Night” well beyond the statewide and county races. Beverley Griffin Dunne won her Peabody State Rep primary, Barbara L’Ilalien won her stste senate primary, Diana DiZoglio won her primary as incumbent state rep in a race that was no where as close as predicted. Hmmmm. . .”ladies night” is that unbecoming?
John Tierney deserved better than the campaign Seth Moulton ran against him in the 6th CD primary. John served the people of the North Shore and Merrimack Valley with distinction for 9 terms. However, Moulton found the Congressman’s weak points and the Tierney campaign failed to respond until it was too late. Electorial politics in Massachusetts is often a blood sport and Moulton proved a tough campaigner. The race against the Republican will be interesting.
In races where candidates had taken different positions on repeal of the expanded gaming law – those who opposed repeal won 2 of 3 races statewide. In the Democratic Primary for Governor, candidates opposing repeal took 78% of the vote.
This morning I’m going to work to elect the Coakley-Kerrigan ticket, to elected Maura Healey as AG, Deb Goldberg as Treasurer, Bill Galvin as Secretary of the Commonwealth and Suzanne Bump as Auditor. It will take me a few days but I’ll add Seth Moulton to that list.